President Xi held a phone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart, Zelensky, according to a statement from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Chinese leader met with Zelensky for the first time since the start of the Russia-Ukraine War. Despite meeting many times with Russian President Vladimir Putin and even visiting Moscow after the war, Xi had never had any contact with Zelensky.
Stressing that all parties involved should act calmly and with restraint and manage the crisis together, Xi said, “Dialogue and negotiations are the only valid way. Nuclear wars have no winners.” used the phrases.
China will send a special representative for the political solution of the crisis
Saying that China always stands by peace in the Ukraine crisis and encourages peace talks as its basic stance, Xi stated that China will send its Special Envoy for Eurasian Affairs to Ukraine and other countries to conduct negotiations with all parties for the political solution of the crisis.
Expressing that China did not cause the Ukraine crisis and was not a party to the conflict, Xi said that as a large country with responsibility and a permanent member of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, it will not fuel the fire, will not try to use the situation for its own benefit, but will not remain a spectator.
“While rational ideas and voices are on the rise, it is important to seize the opportunity and create favorable conditions for a political resolution of the crisis,” Xi said. said.
Ukrainian President Zelenskiy also shared on his Twitter account regarding the meeting, “I had a long and meaningful phone conversation with President Xi. I believe that this meeting will add new strength to our bilateral relations with the appointment of China’s ambassador to Ukraine.” used the phrases.
China’s stance on the Ukraine crisis
After the start of the Russia-Ukraine War, China avoided using the words “war” and “occupation” and was among the few countries that did not condemn Moscow by abstaining from the votes in the United Nations General Assembly.
While the US and NATO warned the Beijing administration not to provide weapons support to Russia in the war, the two countries continued their military cooperation, including joint military exercises, during this period, although there was no direct arms sales.
On February 24, the anniversary of the war, China announced a 12-item “attitude document” containing its proposals for a political solution to the crisis. In the document, it was emphasized that tensions should be reduced gradually and a ceasefire should be achieved.
The ceasefire proposal was not accepted by the USA and the European Union, as well as by Ukraine, who perceived the proposal as an acceptance of the de facto situation. The Kiev administration stated that a peace under these conditions would mean “freezing the war”.
Russia also stated that it attaches importance to China’s opinion, but that the necessary conditions for the transition to the path of peace in the solution of the Ukraine issue are not formed in the current conditions.
Chinese President Xi Jinping also called for a political solution to the Ukraine problem during his visit to Moscow on March 20-22, and the emphasis on expanding strategic cooperation between Beijing and Moscow on a global scale was interpreted as a sign of China’s continued support for Russia.